Failsafe Intercessory Prayer
“Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded permission to sift [all of] you like grain; but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].” And Peter said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death!” Jesus said, “I say to you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will [utterly] deny three times that you know Me.” Luke 22:31-34, AMP.
For three years the twelve disciples had been with Jesus during His many trials (Luke 22:28) so, here in reciprocity, Jesus does not forsake them in their trials. Instead, He interceded for them, praying that their faith would not fail.
Peter's self-assured claim is a cautionary note to us that none of us really knows his own heart (Jeremiah 17:9) and that we all can fail even in the point of our greatest strength. Peter was a brave man, whose courage faltered when he denied Jesus three times. "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:12, NKJV). Although Peter's courage failed, his faith did not. Peter was restored to fellowship with Jesus and was greatly used to strengthen God's people, just as Jesus had prayed for. Let us pray together…
Father God, Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to be our faithful, forgiving, Friend of sinners, who is Ever-Present; never leaving us, nor forsaking us! We come to peace as we boldly approach Your throne of Grace, knowing we have hopeful restful trust leaning on Your unfailing love for us. We are in love with You and grateful for Your magnanimous support! Thank you, Lord, that in heaven You always intercede for Your Church (Hebrews 7:25) and the Holy Spirit pleads on our behalf as individual Christians (Romans 8:26-27). We confess our weakness in trials. Help us to strengthen our faith despite trials. Remind us to intercede for all people (1 Timothy 2:1). In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.